DANVILLE — The Illinois State Police issued the following winter travel safety tips in light of the snow-packed, icy conditions affecting I-74 and other local interstates:
- Only use cruise control on dry surfaces
- If you lose traction gradually slow down; do not slam on the brakes
- Use caution when driving on bridges and ramps; frost forms on these surfaces first
- Be careful when approaching shaded areas; this is the last place for ice and snow to melt.
Basic driving tips are the same all year: Don’t drink and drive. Slow down. Always wear your seatbelt. No texting.
Vehicle maintenance tips:
- Check the tread on your tires.
- Check the windshield wipers for cracks and wear, and fill your windshield fluid reservoir.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to prevent water build up that can freeze the line and to ensure you have enough gas for heat if you are stranded.
- Check your lights and drive with them on during daylight hours in fog or precipitation.
Additional equipment you should put in your vehicle:
- Tools (jack, lug wrench)
- Bottled water and non-perishable food
- Extra warm clothes, boots, hats and gloves
- Ice scraper and flashlight with fresh batteries
- First aid kit and jumper cables
- Blanket/sleeping bag(s)
- A bright-colored cloth to tie on your antennae as a flag if you are stranded
An old cell phone with car charger — a deactivated phone will activate when 9-1-1 is dialed.